Seattle-based Writer, Author, Poet, Writing Teacher

Readings/ Writers’ Conferences/ Courses Offered

Priscilla is author of six books:

  • The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, Second Edition, updated and with hundreds of new craft models.
  •  Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press)
  • Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press)
  • Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press)
  • The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life (Wallingford Press)
  • Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry (Paragon House)

Regular Writing Courses Offered:

Note: For the writer, the journey from wishful to virtuoso is one whose alchemical transformations occur entirely within a process of work. In our classes we work very hard. Are you ready to work and have you cleared enough time to do every assignment to the best of your ability? That is the question to ask yourself as you consider taking one or another of these courses. Oh, yes, we do have fun. But we groan too, and we work.  

 

Richard Hugo House, Spring 2019: Prose Style: The Art of the Sentence, the Art of the Paragraph Six Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. April 17-May 22, 2019.

First-rate writers use all the sentence forms, and they use particular forms not at random but to intensify meaning and deepen emotion. This hands-on course in developing virtuoso skills in sentencing and paragraphing is designed for writers of all levels—from beginner to advanced—interested in revising across several short works or a book-in-progress. We’ll scrutinize brilliant sentences and paragraphs and we’ll deepen our craft skill by writing or revising our own. Required text: The Writer’s Portable Mentor, Second Edition.

 

June Intensive 2019.  Meets at the Good Shepherd Center in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, four evenings, 7–9 pm. Cost $300. Portfolio is due a few weeks after the last class. Limited to 10.

Wednesday June 5, 2019
Monday June 17, 2019
Wednesday June 19, 2019
Wednesday June 26, 2019

Port Townsend Writer’s Conference, July 14–21, 2019.

“Writing Creative Nonfiction”

We will write deeply and from the heart. We will look closely at brilliant models of short creative nonfictions/memoir and generate from three to five new pieces of our own, using the writing practice method originated by Peter Elbow and Natalie Goldberg. You are also invited to bring any manuscript you are already working on, to work new craft moves on. We will work intensely on craft—always in relation to our own works in progress. Our craft work will center on matters such as crafting a great opening, making (good) metaphors, composing sentences that enact what they mean as well as say what they mean (for example a shattering experience might be expressed in a shattered sentence, i.e., fragments). We will hone our observation skills by doing a daily observation practice. We will get feedback on our pieces from one another. We will write by hand in a notebook (no computers in class) but please also bring your laptop or a flash drive for use in the computer room, as all assignments will be handed in typed. We’ll use the second edition of my book “The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writer’s Life,” (will be available at Conference) and we will have fun!

For more information and to register go to:

The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

Writers on the Sound (WOTS). October 5 and 6, 2019. Edmonds, Washington. I will be presenting on Aging and Creativity and on Writing Metaphors.

BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network). Prose Style: The Art of the Sentence, the Art of the Paragraph. Four Sundays: November 3,10, 17, and 24.

First-rate writers use all the sentence forms, and they use particular forms not at random but to intensify meaning and deepen emotion. This hands-on course in developing virtuoso skills in sentencing and paragraphing is designed for writers of all levels—from beginner to advanced—interested in revising across several short works or a book-in-progress. We’ll scrutinize brilliant sentences and paragraphs and we’ll deepen our craft skill by writing or revising our own. Required text: The Writer’s Portable Mentor, Second Edition.